About Us

behind the scenes at Spotlight on Jazz & Poetry

We Are Beyond

Spotlight on Jazz & Poetry premiered in April of 2006 and is hosted by Clayton (BigTrigger) Corley Sr. January 20, 2008, SOJP launched it’s website Spotlight on Jazz and Poetry website featuring various artist from around the world.

Digital Lovers

The concept of the show is based on parings of jazz musicians and their poetic contemporaries. During the program, biographical information is provided on each artist, so in a sense you can say that the show is educational as well as entertaining. At Spotlight on Jazz and Poetry, we like to refer to it as EDUTAINMENT .

We stop at nothing

The goal of the program is to educate everyone, about the history and importance of Jazz and Poetry.

He Loves To Explore​

Clayton does a lot of research on each artist that is showcased on the program, so he stays pretty busy.


Clayton has collected so much music over his lifetime that he probably will never run out of artists to showcase.

Keeping It Simple

Clayton is passionate about keeping the history of Jazz and Poetry in the forefront of black culture and consciousness.

Spotlight on Jazz & Poetry believes In Hard Work And Dedication

The first show highlighted the music of John Coltrane and the poetry of Amiri Baraka. Spotlight on Jazz and Poetry (SOJP) has since featured artists such as Dinah Washington (musician), George Benson (musician), Arine Ward (poet), Stephane Moore (poet), and Lawrence Jones (musician). Leaving no stone unturned, SOJP features both legends and the newer artists in both genres. SOJP is also known for its in-depth interviews with artists such as Nikki Giovanni (poet) and Mulgrew Miller (musician). These interviews provide artists with a forum to talk about their work and the creative process.

meet our amazing team

The Faces Behind our Success

Spotlight on Jazz & Poetry Couldn’t Do It Without Them

Clayton E. Corley, Sr


Clayton E. Corley, Jr

Priscilla Mills

Event Coordinator


Musical Coordinator

Artina Nimpson


Aaron Mitchell


Danny Bryant

Web Master